Size of IS shop: 30
Mobile PCs: 180
Hand-held devices: 70
Total screens: 2010
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, 7; HP; Acer
Server environment: Windows 2003, 2008; HP
DBMS: SQL, Informix
Address: Corner Clark St and 20th Avenue, Tauranga
Key IS projects this year: Regional pharmacy systems; regional clinical data repository; FMIS.
As DHBs around the country look to consolidate and share delivery of ICT, where appropriate, Owen Wallace, general manager, information management, for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, seeks the same. “Collaboration with other DHBs on shared solutions to reduce cost, enable greater process standardisation and improve service delivery”, is one key way that Wallace sees the DHB meeting business objectives through the use of ICT.
Additionally, the “use of data warehousing, business intelligence capability and web services to implement and maintain a real time operations centre to manage capacity and throughput”, are specific ways in which the use of information technology will support the organisation’s goals. The DHB utilises a custom data warehouse that was built in-house.
Unlike some DHBs, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is operating this year with a slightly increased ICT operational budget, reflecting the need to deliver increased services and regional collaboration projects. Cost savings and business efficiencies have been realised through investments in VoIP and virtualisation over the previous 12 months.
In 2011, focus will again be placed on Oracle Financials FMIS solutions. Last year, the DHB began looking at the solution in collaboration with 10 other DHBs to assess the value of stand-alone versus collaborative use. “The issue remains uncertain due to the emergence of the Health Benefits Ltd shared services agency and the Northern region’s decision to amalgamate back office through healthAlliance. It remains our intention to deliver FMIS via a collaborative arrangement based around multi-DHBs,” Wallace says.
Other collaborative initiatives planned include regional pharmacy and clinical data repository systems.
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